Having company over means gathering friends and family together to be social and have fun! Instead of a formal sit down dinner, I love converting my kitchen island into a “grazing” hub with different themed stations. This particular event was my son’s 4th birthday party. I wanted parents (and kids) to have the option of choosing from pizza and popcorn and a buffet of themed fruit, nut and cheese boards. Some parents hung out all day here and never left!
When the weather is nice, I love hosting friends and family outside over a simply set table with vibrant and fresh flavors. I treat my backyard patio as another room of my house and it deserves the same attention as a dining or living room.
It was a bittersweet farewell to a friend moving away when I made the most sinful triple chocolate cupcakes. My son made sure to “QA/QC” the batter to make sure it was up to snuff. Good news…they passed.
I love having romantic dinners at home with my husband for “date nights”. Time can be spent focusing on the food and its careful preparation rather than trying to rush a meal to the table to satiate a hungry toddler. I was fortunate to have an extra set of hands to film for the below date night and that made all the difference thanks to my lovely husband! On the menu was all of his favorites…seared steak, fennel salad with shrimp & tarragon oil, butter braised scallops and caramelized asparagus. A quick, simple and easy dinner for two hungry people!